Lythrum alatum

(Winged Lythrum)


$7.99


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Despite the same genus and similar comon name, Winged Loosestrife should not be confused with the non-native, invasive Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) that threatens our North American wetlands.  Winged Loosestrife can be found growing in the same wet-mesic prairies and meadows, fens, marshes and the borders of water bodies. Its habitat is now vulnerable to its invasive relative Purple Loosestrife, and, since they look similar, many people cannot differentiate between the two in the wild.  Winged Loosestrife plants and their flowers are smaller than the related invasive Purple Loosestrife, and the native species has winged stems. Winged Loosestrife has single purple flowers blooming on short stalks that arise from a leaf axil. The pale purple petals have a darker purple mid-vein and resemble the texture of wrinkled tissue paper.  Winged Loosestrife is beneficial to pollinators and birds.

Description

Found in all but about 15 states (including NC), this plant is versatile and will grow in fields, wet meadows, ditches, roadsides, pond edges, streams and garden settings.

Additional information

Common Name

Winged Lythrum

Botanical Name

Lythrum alatum

Container/Amount

1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Evergreen

Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Sun

Height

36"

Width

18-24"

Soil Condition

Average to Wet Soils

Water Needs

Average to wet

Blooming Period

mid summer/early fall

Flower Color

pink

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

No

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